Monday, June 27, 2016

Season 8 Episode 4

Hello Family and Friends,

        Sorry that I have not been good at writing recently. Things have been a little bit crazy here in Red Wing. But the work is definitely going forward and we are seeing Heavenly Fathers hand in our missionary work each day.

Monday: We went on exchanges in Hudson WI again with our zone leaders because I left my credit card at Buffalo Wild Wings from two weeks ago. The only way to get it back was to be there with my ID ..  So That was really fun! Both of our Zone Leaders I get a long really well with. I always enjoy the time we spend with them! We played basketball again on the street with a bunch of random kids. It was very fun!

Tuesday: We had a Zone Specialty Training in Oakdale. It was really good, I got to see some old missionary friends. I love that! Then after that, we went straight to Cannon Falls for a lesson we had with a women named Jane. She had previously told us that she notices something different about the Mormon Religion. She says " You all seem so happy " We explained where that happiness comes from. The lesson was incredible, she felt the spirit so strong. She was even taking notes during the lesson, how sick is that? We didn't even have to invite her to Pray about the Book of Mormon. She told us "I am going to read and pray about this book as soon as I can" She is super solid and awesome. I love lessons like that!

Wednesday: We did service at connecting connection and then we did some service for Sister Hamblin, we are putting in mulch around a couple of trees for her. Her husband works all around the world and is gone a lot, so we help her often because she has a lot of things to worry about in her yard. Then we got invited to the YM and YW softball game which was so sick. I loved it! It really made me miss putting on cleats and playing actual baseball.

Thursday: We did some tracting and we did not see too much success with that. But we did talk to some people which is better than usual. Then we did a couple of stop by's with some potential investigators which was good. We got in contact with a few of them which was great. 

Friday: We did weekly planning and then we mowed the Dunlap's lawn and weeded there garden for them. That was good! Then we went to dinner with the Hadler's they are a super cool family and I really like them. Then we went to cannon falls again with our WML Bro Gram and we had a lesson with the Fickle's who are members who just moved from Hawaii. They are super cool and it was a great lesson! :)

Saturday: We actually finished up the Dunlap's garden because we didn't have time the day before. It was super hot and humid. Like super humid. I don't enjoy the humidity at all, that's why I love UT. Then we did some more stop by's in the afternoon. Then we went to Hastings to pick up my repaired IPad from the sisters in the Cottage Grove area. That was quite a drive. But we have a couple people in Hastings to stop by, but no one was interested that we stopped by.

Sunday: Best Sunday ever!! We had 4 investigators at church. Like what? That never happens here. It was totally unexpected too. Heather Jensen our investigator came and stayed for all 3 hours. She loved it and just gave us a call and said " How do I become a member of this church? What do I have to do?" Hahah that doesn't happen everyday. So she will probably be baptized very soon. But we do not want her to get baptized if she doesn't understand why and what the church teaches. She needs to have a testimony before she joins the church. But the ward here in Red wing was so awesome to her. They all invited her to things throughout the week. It honestly made me tear up. I can't tell you how great this ward is! They are so loving, accepting, and willing to do missionary work. I never want to leave!! Earlier in the week we got a call asking if we could be in a parade on Sunday. A less active member I have never met is the one who asked us. We said we didn't know if we could because it was a Sunday. So we called President Forbes and he thought about it for a while but he said yes. So after church we went and we were passing out water bottles to people on the sides. It was so much fun!! We loved it! And because we helped her, she said that she is going to be in church on Sunday. And she has not been to church when I have been here. So Wahoo!! Then we went and taught a few people, one of our recent converts is an 18 year old Chinese guy who's parents are baptist and they are very anti Mormon. We listened to part of the CD that they gave him and it's so stupid and actually made us super mad.

We had a great week!! Things are crazy. Sorry that I am emailing late, today a lady asked for help to move out of her house and we said yes. We started at 9:00 and went until 6:00. So it was an all day project!! Love you all, have a great week!!

Love, Elder Anderson

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Season 8 Episode 3

Hey everyone,

This week I do not have a lot of time. We are with the zone leaders in Hudson Wisconsin and we are doing lots of things today. I will let you guys know what's going on in the area and how everything is working out next week!

My boy Elder Rhees hit his year mark this past week. Time just keeps going faster and faster.

Love you all! Hope to hear from you next week!

Elder Anderson

Monday, June 13, 2016

Season 8 Episode 2: Elder Kershaw

Hello Family and Friends,

        Sorry about last week, we had P day with the Zone Leaders in Hudson, WI. We were playing basketball all day so it was hard for me to email haha. But this week was good.

Monday: Elder Moss packed up all his stuff early in the morning and we went to Hudson to spend p day with the ZL's and we played basketball all day. It was fun! That night I went on exchanges with one of my favorite missionaries Elder Oldroyd who came out the same time as me. We prayed about a street and we went tracting. We did not even have to knock on one door. There was a lady standing outside with her poodle and at first she was like " GO AWAY" , but then we just started having a normal conversation with her and we ended up sharing a message with her and getting a return appointment. That was awesome! :) Then we went with the other elders we were with and played basketball with a
bunch of kids. It was pretty fun! You could say they were all just a bit cocky haha.. ;) Too bad elder Lowe wasn't there, he would have been dunking and it would have been so sick!

Tuesday: We woke up early and the ZL's had there leadership meeting in Bloomington. I said by to elder moss and I went and worked in Oakdale again with the elders there. We did not do much.. It was really boring! Then I met Elder Kershaw and we went home and he got all settled in! That was a long day.

Wednesday: We started off by mowing the Voigts lawn and there yard is very hilly so it was hard haha. Then we went to sister Hamblins and helped her with some of her yard work. Bro Stanich from the Lake Marion ward came again and he took us out to eat at a place called Randy's. It was okay. It was great to see him though, he cracks me up haha. I had him meet bro Edwards and I got a picture with two of my favorite people haha. Then we had coordination later that night.

Thursday: We had a lesson with our investigator Aki. It was a great lesson. Jonny Banks the recently returned missionary came with us and he was great. We talked about the Book of Mormon. He told us he believes it to be the word of God. After the lesson we were talking and we think that he doesn't know what that means he needs to do if the Book of Mormon is true. So hopefully this week we can explain what that means in a little better detail. We went to Cannon Falls with Bishop. He had some people on his mind and we went out to see people. We stopped by 7 people, talked to 5, and got 4 return appointments. Two of them being investigators. We were so pumped after that!! Bishop
Johnson is a great bishop and he just loves missionary work. It is cool to see how the ward here has such a desire to share the gospel. 

Friday: In the morning we actually helped and investigator Danielle White with some yard work in her dads yard. Then we went to the Dunlap's and we were talking to them a little bit and then I started mowing there lawn, then all the sudden it starts hailing super bad and
then the wind starts picking up. So we all run inside and it's crazy winds and hail for like 25 minutes. Once it ends we go outside and tons of huge trees are blown into houses and cars and there was even a little fire. So the Fire Department came and it was just nuts. I will send you some pictures of it! WOW it was something I will not forget. So we ended up just staying there for dinner because on the weather it said there was going to be another huge storm. We shared with the two pamphlets and they want to watch meet the Mormons with us so that's cool.

Saturday: I finished the Dunlap's lawn. Then we went to the ward fishing activity, that was fun! We had a good time there! It was good for elder Kershaw to meet some families in the ward. Then we went to sister dorado's and helped her organize some things so she can move this Friday, she was super bossy and rude to us. Mostly Bro Edwards though. How could you be rude to him? He's like the nicest guy ever hah. Then we went to Lake City to do some finding, we didn't find much success. But we shared a message with the Coons family who I do not really know too well.

Sunday: well that night I didn't sleep like at all.. It was crazy thunderstorms and lighting. Haha so I got up in the middle of the night and just started listening to conference talks because I couldn't sleep. The lighting felt like it was hitting out yard. The house and my bed were shaking.. It was not fun at all.. Then we had church which was good! It was ward conference and Stake Presidency was there. They share very powerful messages. Heather was supposed to come to church but 10 minutes before she cancelled but told us she wanted to meet at 7:00 that night and so we said that would be good. 10 minutes before that she cancelled again. I was pretty frustrated! But as of right now we are meeting with her tonight!

Thanks everyone for everything! Love you all!!

Bro. Edwards and Bro. Stanich:

These are pictures of what the storm did:

Exchange with Zone Leaders:

Elder Anderson

Monday, June 6, 2016

Season 8 Episode 1

Hi Everyone, this week was okay. Elder Lowe went home :( I found out my new companion would be Elder Kershaw but I found out he wouldn't be able to make it until this upcoming week because he had a baptism. So I served with Elder Moss for a week. I don't have a lot of time this week, we are in Hudson with the ZL's for P day.. I will email you more next week. 

Love you guys!!